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1990 corvette vat kit

Need a key, tried 15 keys and no overide. Keys stolen with my truck. Spent 270.00 dollars for nothing

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  • wcjnlove Sep 16, 2008

    I bought a 1990 zr-1 with no keys from an auction and i'm facing the same problem. can somebody advice please.



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Well i have a solution thats not expensive, so if it goes wrong no big deal. ecklers corvette parts sell a product for 25.99 that will override the security system. its for 1986-1996 corvettes. hope it works.

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